FIGHT — War of Words (review)

FIGHT — War of Words album cover Album · 1993 · Groove Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
Vim Fuego
Just pretend for a moment you are the vocalist of one of the all-time top selling heavy metal bands (yes, it is quite a stretch of the imagination!), and you are not happy. The band has only sporadically produced worthwhile material for the best part of a decade, and you are feeling like letting loose. If you are Rob Halford, and you are the singer for Judas Priest, you form Fight. Yes, Fight, the side project that saw Rob Halford ejected from Judas Priest, inadvertently revitalising both Halford and Priest. Rather than reinventing the wheel, Fight took a huge slab of Priest, and added a dash of thrash sensibilities, which left an unfettered Halford free to revive the forgotten art of Screaming for Vengeance. So what do we get? Well, lots of Priest influenced, headkicking metal, not terribly original, but entertaining and as catchy as hepatitis in a spitting competition. By keeping the music simple, Rob Halford’s unique voice was allowed space to explore it’s full range. There are straightforward stompers like ‘Into the Pit’, ‘War of Words’, ‘Kill It’ and ‘Vicious’. ‘Little Crazy’ is a little different, using slide guitars to add an almost country feel. ‘For All Eternity’ sees Halford’s voice soar, while ‘Reality: A New Beginning’ explores an almost trippy subtlety. The main thing missing from this album is Halford’s old writing team. While guitarists Russ Parrish and Brian Tilse create a heavier sound than the Judas Priest duo, there are none of the unforgettable Tipton/Downing riffs. True, ‘War of Words’ is not a Judas Priest album, and the style is different, the comparisons are inevitable, and ultimately unfavourable. There really isn't much more to say about this album. It is solid, uncomplicated 1990s heavy metal. Fans will know what to expect. It is unlikely to convert the unconverted. It is metal, simple as that.
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